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Kerry's Words Do Damage to Democrats
Portsmouth Herald ^ | November 3, 2006

Posted on 11/03/2006 12:45:11 PM PST by meg88

Kerry's words do damage to Democrats

We must ask Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the same question David Letterman asked Hugh Grant after Grant was arrested for soliciting a prostitute on a New York City street: "What the hell were you thinking?"

As most people know by now, Democrat Kerry, just a week before the crucial mid-term elections that could see his party take back control of the House of Representatives and, possibly, the Senate, made what can only be categorized as a massive blunder. Kerry's off-the-cuff remark has been interpreted as saying members of the military who served -- or are currently serving -- in Iraq are not particularly smart.

Kerry danced around the statement, claiming it was a bad joke gone worse, but in the last throes of an election cycle in which the Republicans were spinning into chaos, the Massachusetts senator gave them an opportunity to bring out that old saw about those wanting to get the military out of Iraq being anti-troops.

In the hours after Kerry's unbelievably idiotic statement, here in New Hampshire the Republican distraction machine was moving faster than the speed dial on a phone call-blocking program.

Republican incumbent 1st District Congressman Jeb Bradley issued a statement Wednesday calling for Kerry to apologize and calling on his Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter to join with him in calling for the apology.

Even Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Coburn is attempting to make political hay with Kerry's statement. He urged incumbent Democrat John Lynch to return the $4,000 Kerry donated to Lynch's campaign.

Kerry, with a single thoughtless statement, has breathed new life into faltering Republican campaigns all across the country.

His lack of thought, his monumentally poor sense of timing and his personal arrogance as exhibited in his reaction to the furor his remarks have created should be a clear indication to members of the Democratic Party's leadership that Kerry's days as a standard-bearer for the party -- and, perhaps, even his days as a senator from Massachusetts -- should be numbered.

-- Portsmouth Herald


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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1 posted on 11/03/2006 12:45:13 PM PST by meg88
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To: meg88

"David Letterman asked Hugh Grant"

Doesn't anyone fact check anymore?????? JAY LENO was the one to ask Hugh Grant that.


2 posted on 11/03/2006 12:46:58 PM PST by nhoward14
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To: meg88

They know the goose is cooked. Kerry did frag his own party.


3 posted on 11/03/2006 12:48:29 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: meg88

"Kerry's Words Do Damage to Democrats"

Good.

Glad to see when these phonies accidently show thier true colors.


4 posted on 11/03/2006 12:49:13 PM PST by myheroesareDeadandRegistered (Ann Coulter/ Mark Levin tag team in '08)
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To: meg88

It only hurts Democrats because what Kerry really said is what most Democrats think and Kerry provided a needed reminder.

If Kerry had said "You know, our friends at Al-Qaeda are praying six times a day for a Democrat victory", it would have the same effect.


5 posted on 11/03/2006 12:49:43 PM PST by Tall_Texan ("Journalislam" - reporting about murderous extremists as if they are moral equivalents.)
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To: meg88

Keep the microphone in front of this A$$ PUPPET!


6 posted on 11/03/2006 12:49:54 PM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: nhoward14

Sounds like the Potty-mouth Herald wants the democRATS to win


7 posted on 11/03/2006 12:50:08 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather?)
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To: meg88
Kerry's off-the-cuff remark has been interpreted
I didn't need to interpet the remark. It just up and spoke for itself!
8 posted on 11/03/2006 12:51:15 PM PST by gb63
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To: DarthVader

Hari Kerry or not, it won't be long before we start hearing about "stolen elections" and "disenfranchisement" and all the other usual claims after Republicans win.


9 posted on 11/03/2006 12:51:56 PM PST by bigbob (2)
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To: meg88
Kerry's off-the-cuff remark has been interpreted as saying members of the military who served -- or are currently serving -- in Iraq are not particularly smart.

Sort of reminds me of Donna Shalala's remark back in the Clinton Administration: "We didn't send the best and brightest to Vietnam." ... That one still stings.

10 posted on 11/03/2006 12:52:35 PM PST by bimbo
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To: myheroesareDeadandRegistered

I saw a Dem advisor on Hannity and Colmes last night who said no way had it damaged them, they've gained in the polls since Kerry's "joke"!


11 posted on 11/03/2006 12:53:14 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: nhoward14

Didn't a Saturday Night Live Skit have a similar response to Walter Mondale about his pledge to RAISE taxes? "What the hell were you thinking?!!"


12 posted on 11/03/2006 12:53:26 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: meg88

The NY Times said he misread prepared remarks and this rag says it's an off-the-cuff statement. These MSM clowns can't even keep their story straight.


13 posted on 11/03/2006 12:54:01 PM PST by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: meg88
In the hours after Kerry's unbelievably idiotic statement, here in New Hampshire the Republican distraction machine was moving faster than the speed dial on a phone call-blocking program.

Here we go again! Kerry's comments about Iraq are being used by the Republicans to distract us from Iraq.

Got that? Iraq is being used to distract us from Iraq.

Is this typical liberal logic? (rhetorical question)

14 posted on 11/03/2006 12:54:05 PM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: bigbob

It will be music to my ears!


15 posted on 11/03/2006 12:54:15 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: DarthVader
Kerry did frag his own party.

That's good....Kerry Fragged his own party!

LOL!
16 posted on 11/03/2006 12:54:31 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: meg88

Kerry's terrific gaffe was very auspicious, time-wise. His insult to the troops lasted throughout several news cycles, took the attention off the Dem message (whatever it's supposed to be), and did it all in time to occupy the print and internet media throughout the whole last week of campaigning.

Forget about the weekend. Voters tune out all the crap while they are doing their weekend things.

Minds are made up. Not even the gay pastor thing or the nuke weapon website thing will have any viable effect now.

The last thing voters are going to remember on Tuesday is the elite snob Kerry insulting the troops, the president, and all the friends and relatives of the troops.

It's dee-licious, it's dee-lightful, it's dee-lovely!


17 posted on 11/03/2006 12:55:24 PM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum, a true prolife conservative!)
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To: meg88

This is the excuse they've cooked up to explain the impending failure of their Dem takeover predictions next week.


18 posted on 11/03/2006 12:56:31 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: meg88
...isn't it funny how kerry's words only seem to "hurt" democrats.
He can ramble on about our troops terrorizing Iraqi children in the middle of the night...or how only poor uneducated people die in war...his hatred for the US Military hasn't changed in 34 years. But let a stupid remark send him into hiding like Pelosi and Reid and he"s "hurting" the democrats.


Doogle
19 posted on 11/03/2006 12:56:32 PM PST by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: rottndog

John Kerry = the reusable political suicide bomber!

As one Freeper put it. He strapped a belt of C4 on and then hurled himself into DNC headquarters.

KABOOM!!!


20 posted on 11/03/2006 12:59:02 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: meg88
Kerry's off-the-cuff remark has been interpreted as saying members of the military who served -- or are currently serving -- in Iraq are not particularly smart.

Off the cuff? Didn't Kerry claim it was a planned joke which he just left a couple words out of? You can leave words out of a script, but how do you leave words out of an off the cuff remark?

21 posted on 11/03/2006 1:00:19 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: DarthVader
Kerry did frag his own party.

Thank goodness His Supreme Arrogance never understood "Pride goes before destruction" so he remains the gift that keeps giving.

22 posted on 11/03/2006 1:01:23 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: nhoward14

Yeah, it was Leno. Letterman was talking to Cary Grant. ;-)


23 posted on 11/03/2006 1:02:48 PM PST by Obadiah
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To: meg88
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24 posted on 11/03/2006 1:05:16 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: DarthVader

It was ONLY a Joke Malfunction.


25 posted on 11/03/2006 1:05:51 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: AmericaUnited

"Pride goes before destruction"

So very true. His press conference that he did the day after was the real killer. It was one of the most profound displays of political self-immolation I've ever seen.

Mike Hatch the Dim governor candidate for MN did the same yesterday by calling a woman journalist "a GOP whore".


26 posted on 11/03/2006 1:05:54 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Kerry's off-the-cuff remark has been interpreted as saying members of the military who served -- or are currently serving -- in Iraq are not particularly smart.

Kerry danced around the statement, claiming it was a bad joke gone worse, but in the last throes of an election cycle in which the Republicans were spinning into chaos, the Massachusetts senator gave them an opportunity to bring out that old saw about those wanting to get the military out of Iraq being anti-troops.

In the hours after Kerry's unbelievably idiotic statement, here in New Hampshire the Republican distraction machine was moving faster than the speed dial on a phone call-blocking program.

No bias here, no sir...

/what goes here again?

27 posted on 11/03/2006 1:05:55 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: DarthVader

Is that fact about Hatch posted on FR? Thanks!


28 posted on 11/03/2006 1:06:57 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: nhoward14
Senator Kerry then facing his own Democrat Party, by means of his low quality intelect and obviously lesser performance in educational facilities of great expense and poor rates of sucess, literally powered up a metaphorical telephone whose wires he (Kerry) had attached to the few and withered remaining liberal's genitals, loped off their heads, limbs and in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn, screwed the momentum of that party.
How's about that truth to power, Bunkie?

Does the very special and of course elite junior Senator get a Purple Heart for this bungle?
29 posted on 11/03/2006 1:07:53 PM PST by Gideon Reader ("Ahh! The ROP. When someone tells you they want to kill you,...believe him")
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To: Suzy Quzy

"It was ONLY a Joke Malfunction."


Yeah but the Dem Campaign plane still exploded in midair and cost millions of lives.


30 posted on 11/03/2006 1:08:19 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: nhoward14

Earlier this week David Letterman claimed Kerry was such a bad politician he was losing an election he wasn't even running in. . . . . .


31 posted on 11/03/2006 1:08:40 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Yep!


32 posted on 11/03/2006 1:09:06 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: nhoward14
Doesn't anyone fact check anymore??????

And it wasn't a New York City street ... it was Hollywood.
33 posted on 11/03/2006 1:09:09 PM PST by StevieB
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To: KarlInOhio; All
I can't wait to see what his "botched joke" has evolved into in the future!

It's AMAZING how all these frickin' idiot Carry water-kerrying dipsticks try to twist and turn to get everyone to believe this "botched joke"!

"if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq"

If you slack off, don't do your homework, make no effort to be smart, you won't do well and you'll get stuck in Iraq!

There you go... That's EXACTLY what he said! Where's the joke? Where's the misinterpreting?

34 posted on 11/03/2006 1:11:33 PM PST by RogerWilko
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
Notice how they make no attempt to refute the substance of the story. They just bemoan the obvious damage the USS Kerry has done to the Rats. Now Kerry knows how Yamamoto felt after Midway.
35 posted on 11/03/2006 1:15:24 PM PST by Air Gap
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To: DarthVader

He couldn't have done a better job than if he had stepped into a bucket of gasoline and lit it on fire!


36 posted on 11/03/2006 1:20:26 PM PST by Stayfree (Check out our Flush Hillary Calendar at FLUSH HILLARY CALENDAR.COM!)
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To: TexasNative2000

And now... the only response I haven't seen posted in response this whole event is....

"You should put some ice on that, John."


37 posted on 11/03/2006 1:22:38 PM PST by nhoward14
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To: nhoward14
David Letterman or Hugh Grant... I couldn't decide which one I'd rather beat the sh*t out'a first.
38 posted on 11/03/2006 1:29:31 PM PST by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: All

Did you notice on Hannity and Dickwad last night how upset Alan was--it was that desperate liberal panick when they realize that their dreams are going up in smoke. I kind of like when we dangle the carrot in front of them and then snatch it away at the end--actually Kerry did that for them, all by himself!


39 posted on 11/03/2006 1:38:43 PM PST by LegalEagle61 (You have 2 choices vote republican or whine about how bad the country is when the liberals take over)
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To: bimbo

I remember Donna saying that......now I know why, she was referring to jon carry...


40 posted on 11/03/2006 1:51:24 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: meg88
"What the hell were you thinking?"

Pretty much the same thing as millions of other Democrats are thinking, but they don't normally get caught saying it on television.

Or, if they do say it on television, they aren't held to account because they aren't United States Senators.

Or, if they are Senators, they aren't former Democrat candidates for the presidency of the United States who are known to be running again.

Hell, this is just like every other Democrat scandal since clinton came into office. Kerry's offense was to get caught and bobble his defense.

41 posted on 11/03/2006 2:01:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: meg88

There is some good news in this Kerry story.

Max Cleland was not present to pick up the grenade!


42 posted on 11/03/2006 2:05:07 PM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: meg88
Kerry's ... remark has been interpreted...

It didn't have to be "interpreted", the meaning was clear.

Kerry danced around the statement, claiming it was a bad joke gone worse,...

The explanation he concocted was one that only a stupid person would believe. Since he obviously expected the troops to believe it, he was, in effect, calling them stupid again.

43 posted on 11/03/2006 2:10:45 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: meg88

In the meantime, Kerry keeps holding press conferences announcing his non-apology.

Kerry is no victim here.

This is perfect example of "there is no such thing as bad publicity" for someone in his current position. He is milking the limelight on this.


44 posted on 11/03/2006 2:14:50 PM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: nhoward14

Yeah, I caught that to. First clue the author should be ignored as a reliable source. Anyone that knos who Hugh Grant is, and remembers that incident, has it ingrained in their head the question came from Leno. Except this person obviously.


45 posted on 11/03/2006 5:56:18 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: meg88

Kerry doesn't think. That's his problem.


46 posted on 11/03/2006 8:39:46 PM PST by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: 3niner
The explanation he concocted was one that only a stupid person would believe. Since he obviously expected the troops to believe it, he was, in effect, calling them stupid again.

Some otherwise-intelligent people can be infected by liberal blindness disease. Such people have no trouble accepting Kerry's "apology" despite the fact that it makes no sense.

47 posted on 11/03/2006 10:50:13 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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